Scientists in South Korea have successfully used magnetic fields to cause cancerous cells to self-destruct.
Through Apoptosis or Programmed Cell Death (PCD) the body gets rid of infected, old and defective cells.
During PCD the defective cells will react to signals transmitted by the body by self-destructing.
The immune cells will then overwhelm these fragmented defective cells.
What the magnet does is to help instigate the apoptosis process.
The down side however, is that if apoptosis fails, the cancerous cells will multiply uncontrollably to form cancerous tumors.
Apoptosis Using Magnetic Fields
Research into the use of magnetic fields to induce apoptosis was carried out by Professor Jinwoo Cheon of Yonsei University in Seoul South Korea along with a crack-team of other fellow scientists.
Experimentation on the effect of magnetic fields induced apoptosis on a subject with bowel cancer was been carried out.
In the study, iron nanoparticles were attached to antibodies, these bind to the receptor molecules present on cancerous tumors.
When the magnetic field is applied it was observed that these molecules will cluster and this leads to the self-destruct signal being triggered and consequently – apoptosis.
It was further revealed in the study that more than half of the cancer cells in the subject’s bowels were destroyed as a direct result of apoptosis.
While the unaffected, healthy cells were left unharmed.
Research into the effectiveness of magnetic fields as a solution to fighting cancer is still ongoing and some scientists have even used this procedure on zebra fish and the result was that their tails grew in an unusual manner.
The South Korean study is to be recently published in the Nature Materials Journal.
This revolutionary therapy us sure to catch the attention of large pharmaceutical companies who have been racking in billions every year from the sale of patented cancer medications that have offered very little by way of a full cure to patients and these drugs have in most cases worsened the patient’s condition because of their horrible side effects.
Resistance to this procedure would be expected particularly from the conventional pharmaceutical industry as they wouldn’t want any drop in sales of their drugs.
Alternative treatments have always being relegated to the background by these large pharmaceutical corporations as even the fact that known cancer fighting herbs like garlic, ginger, turmeric, papaya leaf extract and berries have not been accepted into conventional medicine as a possible alternative solution.